Postnatal Vaginal Laxity

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Tighten the labia minora or inner lips

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Vaginal laxity, as its name suggests, is the feeling of looseness of the vaginal tissues.

It is a fairly common condition affecting 25% to 35% of women, ranging from young women post-birth and older post-menopausal women. The vaginal tissue comprises a combination of muscles, collagen, and elastin which provides structure and allows for elasticity and stretching. 

During pregnancy and birth, the vaginal tissue stretches and contracts to accommodate the foetus. However, this contracting and stretching, together with ageing, causes the vaginal tissue to lose its elasticity, structure, and sensitivity over time, resulting in vaginal laxity. 

Vaginal laxity can occur in your outer/external genitalia– the vulva, or your inner/internal genitalia– the vagina. Depending on the location and severity of your vaginal laxity, symptoms may vary.

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 Vaginal laxity is a common condition that affects some women after childbirth or menopause.

What causes vaginal laxity?

Vaginal laxity is caused by:

  • Overstretching or tearing during childbirth or pregnancy: although the female reproductive system is capable of stretching and contracting, the size of the baby, type of delivery, and the number of pregnancies/deliveries can cause overstretching or tearing of the tissues, leading to vaginal laxity.
  • Loss of collagen due to ageing: collagen plays a vital role in maintaining the structure of our body’s tissues. However, as we age, the natural production of collagen slows down, leading to laxity and loss of structure in all areas. This contributes to vaginal laxity. 
  • Post-menopausal reduction of the hormone oestrogen: oestrogen is a hormone responsible for a variety of things but in particular the maintenance, health, and repair of the female reproductive system. During menopause, the natural production of oestrogen reduces, thus contributing to vaginal laxity.  

What are the symptoms of vaginal laxity?

Women with vaginal laxity often experience the following symptoms:

  • Feeling of looseness in the vagina or labia
  • Reduced sexual libido and function
  • Reduced sexual satisfaction
  • Decreased vaginal lubrication
  • Incontinence/accidental urine leakage

If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, make an appointment with Artisan Wellness for an accurate diagnosis and bespoke treatment plan.

reduced sexual satisfaction
Reduced sexual satisfaction and an absent or declining libido are symptoms of vaginal laxity.

Is vaginal laxity painful?

Yes. Vaginal laxity can cause discomfort and pain that may be felt constantly or only during intercourse or exercise.

This can be due to the reduction in vaginal lubrication resulting in dryness which can cause pain during intercourse or looseness in the inner or outer genitalia resulting in twisting of these tissues especially when wearing tight clothing.

Who is at risk of vaginal laxity in Singapore?

Any female is at risk of vagina laxity, however, there are several factors that may increase the risk of developing this condition.

Risk factors include:

  • Age: as we age, collagen production reduces which can lead to loss of structure and integrity of the vaginal tissues. Furthermore, women who have gone through or are going through menopause are also at an increased risk of vaginal laxity due to the diminishing production of oestrogen– the hormone responsible for the maintenance, health, and repair of the female reproductive system.
  • Pregnancy: women who have been through pregnancy regardless of delivery method are more prone to vaginal laxity. This is because the weight and pressure placed on the vaginal tissues during pregnancy can cause overstretching which may lead to vaginal laxity.
  • Vaginal delivery: natural vaginal delivery or assisted delivery via forceps can cause excessive stretching and contracting of the vaginal tissues, leading to vaginal laxity.
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Pressure and strain during pregnancy can lead to vaginal laxity.

How is vaginal laxity diagnosed?

Vaginal laxity is usually diagnosed through a physical examination of the area. Your doctor will check for looseness of the internal and external genitalia. If you have any other symptoms such as vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, or reduced libido, share them with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.

Make an appointment with Artisan Wellness for an accurate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

What are the treatment options for vaginal laxity in Singapore?

At Artisan Wellness, vaginal laxity can be treated in two ways:


Our mommy-makeover package at Artisan Wellness comprises several cosmetic procedures performed at the same time, one of these procedures is a labiaplasty.

A labiaplasty, also known as vaginal rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure used to change the shape of and tighten the labia minora or inner lips. This aids in alleviating a number of symptoms associated with vaginal laxity such as pain and discomfort, urine incontinence, reduced sexual satisfaction and libido, and decreased vaginal lubrication. 


Vaginal laxity can also be treated with non-surgical means, such as emKEGEL chair.

TempSure Vitalia is a non-invasive procedure which works to jump-start your body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, thus resulting in a tightened and rejuvenated vagina and labia. TempSure Vitalia has the ability to alleviate symptoms of vaginal laxity such as pain, urine incontinence, and reduced sexual satisfaction.

The emKEGEL chair promises the results equivalent of 12,000 kegel exercises effectively tightening and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. This reduces symptoms of vaginal laxity such as urinary incontinence and reduced sexual satisfaction.

Make an appointment with Artisan Wellness today and we can create a bespoke treatment plan for you.

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Labiaplasty, TempSure Vitalia, and emKEGEL chair can be used in the treatment of vaginal laxity.

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If you are unsure of which treatment is right for you, at Artisan Wellness we are always available to recommend the best treatment for your condition. Contact us today to get a personalised treatment!

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